Two new feature films this week, plus a repeat of a much admired screening.
A Ciambra showing on Tuesday at 19:30 is the tough story of 14-year-old Pio (Pio Amato). He drinks, smokes and slides easily between the region’s factions – local Italians, African refugees and his fellow Romani. But, as his father is in prison, he’s determined to support his family by following in the footsteps of his older brother Cosimo, learning the skills needed for life on the streets.
Based in the small Romani immigrant community in the impoverished Calabrian region of Southern Italy, this means a life of crime for Pio from which it’s difficult to escape. Nominated for best Foreign Film at this year’s Academy Awards, this is an absorbing, intense and deeply moving film from director Jonas Carpignano. Working with a totally non-professional cast, Carpignano brings alive the gritty realism for which Italian cinema is famous. The film is subtitled.
Please note – if you’re 25 or under you can come book tickets in advance or buy them on the day (cash only) for just £5.00. Evidence of your age may be required.
The subtle, moving On Chesil Beach has another screening on Wednesday at 19:30. This film adaptation by Ian McEwan, based on his novella of the same name, tells the story of a young, innocent couple and their first evening as a married couple. But sexual mores in the early 1960s were very different and the outcome is confused expectations and lost opportunities. There is fine location filming in Oxford and London, but the shots of the beautiful Dorset coast are outstanding. With touching performances from Saoirse Ronan (Brooklyn, Lady Bird) as Florence, and Billy Howle as her husband Edward, this is a film which may well stay in your mind… Seats are available for this performance – and there’s a Babes in Arms showing on Tuesday 21 August at 11:00. Read More……
Firstly, a reminder that we have announced our August films, and that tickets are now on sale. A somewhat truncated programme due to the seat refurbishment work that will close the cinema at the start of the month, but we hope you will enjoy titles such as the 1952 RAF film Angels One Five, screened in partnership with the Kenley Revival Project, Leave No Trace, director Debra Granik’s follow up to Winter’s Bone, which brought Jennifer Lawrence to everyone’s attention, and McKellen: Playing the Part, a perceptive documentary about one of the country’s most popular actors.
Three films this week. There are two opportunities to see Funny Cow after it sold out last month. It is our Babes in Arms title on Tuesday at 11:00 and we also have a screening on Wednesday at 19:00. Maxine Peake stars as the victim of marital abuse, who uses her experiences as the basis for her stand-up routine. Playing this to audiences in Northern working men’s clubs is no cake-walk. Remember – we are now serving hot and cold drinks and other refresh-ments from 10:15 before the Babes in Arms screening.
Tuesday evening brings Tully, a second film from director Jason Reitman, writer Diablo Cody and star Charlize Theron after 2011’s Young Adult. Reitman and Cody were also responsible for Juno. Whereas that film was about a teenager agonising about an unplanned pregnancy, Theron’s Marlo is failing to deal with two young children and a newly arrived baby. Will Tully, the night nanny provided by her rich brother, solve her problems? The mother of two herself, Cody has said of parenting, “We’re told that we should feel completely blissed out after we have a baby, and that’s not always how women feel. It comes down to this idea that mothers are supposed to be completely selfless and if you’re indulging feelings of sadness or depression, that could be perceived by other people as selfish.” This screening is part of the Croydon Comedy Festival.
Strongly recommended is Thursday’s The Breadwinner. Read More………..
If the football is proving to be too exciting and you feel the need to relax and cool down, then the air-conditioned David Lean has some escapist films for you to enjoy this week.
Jeune Femme (our second Croydon Comedy Festival screening) sees 31 year-old Paula (played with panache by Laetitia Dosch) looking for a new life in Paris after a break-up with her long-term boyfriend Joachim. She is left homeless, broke and alone. After taking Joachim’s cat, she sets off to ‘pick up the pieces’ encountering along the way a series of adventures in the ‘City of Light’ which lead to new friendships, family reconciliations – and independence. Jeune Femme is funny, compassionate, defensive and resolute in turns and the result is an entertaining and often hilarious film. A debut from female French director Leonor Serraille, it can be seen on Tuesday 3 July at 19:30.
Very few seats remain for the 19:30 performance of the popular Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society on Wednesday 4 July.
We’re pleased to present On Chesil Beach on Thursday 5 July. A few seats are available for the 14:30 showing which is subtitled for those with hearing loss. The evening screening is almost sold out, but you can catch it again on Wednesday 18 July at 19:30.
There’s some great entertainment on offer at the David Lean this week. A repeat showing of the excellent Lean on Pete is on Wednesday 27 June 2018 at 19:30.
This uncompromising piece of cinema is the story of a teenage boy (brilliantly played by the young Charlie Plummer) who escapes from a dysfunctional home life to travel across the stunning back country of Oregon and Wyoming. His companion on this often harsh odyssey is Lean on Pete, a retired racehorse. Director Andrew Haigh (45 Years) has created a powerful and moving film bringing totally believable characters to the screen.
All seats from the cancelled screening on Thursday 7 June at 19:30 have been moved to this date, but if you’re unable to come on Wednesday, please let us know via the website contact by inserting ‘Lean on Pete refund’ in the title field.
The Croydon Comedy Festival showing of Funny Cow on Tuesday has sold out, but there’s another chance to catch it on Wednesday 11 July 2018 at 19:30 – so book now if you’d like to see this very forceful film. Read More………….
We are pleased to take part in Croydon’s Festival of Peace (16-23 June), by screening two films that we hope will chime with their vision of promoting individual and community wellbeing. Tuesday’s film is Makala, a thoughtful documentary that conveys the economic realities of life for a poor family man in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Kabwita Kasongo plans to produce a ‘crop’ of charcoal (makala) and sell it in the nearest town. Just what is involved in a seemingly straightforward plan is documented in Emmanuel Gras’s film, which won the Critics’ Week grand prize at Cannes last year. Kabwita’s stoicism is sorely tested. The final scenes in a revivalist church service are especially moving. The Sunday Times called it “beautiful and poetic, something it achieves without condescension”.
Thursday brings two showings of Road to Peace, Leon Stuparich’s record of the Dalai Lama’s visit to Britain in 2008. Leon was given unprecedented behind-the-scenes access during the tour, plus an interview with the Nobel Peace Prize winner. This visit came at a time when the Dalai Lama was beginning to question his political role, and in 2011 he retired from leadership of the Central Tibetan Administration to concentrate on sharing his spiritual and humanitarian message. Leon has captured the contradictions that beset him during the tour, as well as the affection and admiration that he enjoyed, and we are very pleased that he will be attending both performances to answer questions after the film.
‘Intriguing, audacious and totally fascinating’ – an introduction to the black-hearted Thoroughbreds showing on Tuesday at 19:30. It’s the story of two wealthy Connecticut teenagers who re-kindle their unlikely friendship after years of growing apart – and plan a murder. The directional debut from Cory Finley is quiet and skilful and there are fine performances from Olivia Cooke and Anya Taylor-Joy as the young miscreants. This is a dark, sleek, unnerving film which presents as a puzzle – but you’ll find that everything fits together perfectly at the end…
If you’re aged 25 and under you may like to take advantage of our £5.00 Rush Tickets offer. They’re bookable on-line in advance, and also for one hour before the start of the film at the Arts Bar box office – cash only here please. And don’t forget to take a look at our Instagram account at davidleancinema.
Earlier on Tuesday at 11:00 we present a Babes in Arms showing of Isle of Dogs, a Japanese stop-motion animated science fiction adventure following 12-year-old Atari as he searches for his lost dog, Spots. Atari undertakes an epic journey full of vivid landscapes, life and colour which can only be described as ‘movie magic’. Good news for Babes in Arms patrons – the Arts Bar will be open before the screening. Read More.
Three contrasting films this week, but all three feature captivating young stars. A Quiet Place (Tuesday at 19:30) has been described as a sci-fi horror film. It is more sophisticated than that, thanks to a script that uses its monsters-who-can’t-see idea to take the thriller in a new direction, and the subtle acting of the cast, especially Millicent Simmonds. Born in 2003, Simmonds lost her hearing a year later due to a medication overdose. Her mother learned American Sign Language and taught the rest of the family so that they could communicate with Millie. She joined an open audition for the film Wonderstruck, which features deaf characters, and won the role of Rose. This brought her to the attention of director John Krasinski, who also stars in A Quiet Place with real-life wife Emily Blunt. According to the film’s co-screenwriter Scott Beck, “John really pushed for them to hire Millicent. She came to set and taught everyone sign language. It was really amazing and brought an extra depth to the film.”
It’s Volunteers’ Week from 1-7 June and a time to say ‘thank you’ for the fantastic contribution our volunteers make. We have around 100 of them and without their willing help we wouldn’t be able to commit to showing films in the David Lean Cinema.
As one of these valuable people says: “I volunteer because I have an interest in having a vibrant, independent cinema in my home town that provides an alternative to the mainstream multiplex. I enjoy being part of a community project and contributing to something that is volunteer run and collaborative. I have met some really lovely people from my local town who I would never have met otherwise and I find I love being part of something that is bigger than work, family life and my existing friendship group. And I get to watch some amazing films!”
Talking of those ‘amazing films’ we have two contrasting features for you to enjoy this week. Tuesday at 19:30 sees the presentation of Dawson City: Frozen Time (certificate 12A). This is the story of Dawson City, the Canadian gold rush town, where, in 1978, a treasure trove of some 500 long-forgotten silent films was found buried in permafrost. The films of extremely rare archival footage show newsreels, interviews and photographs from years gone by – an astonishing feat of film editing. The story they tell is quite unique – by turns fascinating, bizarre – and true. The enigmatic score by composer Alex Somers adds to a very special atmosphere. If you’re a fan of silent movies, then this is for you.
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We have two films for you this week. Ghost Stories on Tuesday at 19:30 is the screen adaptation of the hit stage play by Jeremy Dyson and Andy Nyman. It is in the tradition of portmanteau horror films that stretches back to Ealing’s Dead of Night (1945), and is best typified by the films such as Dr Terror’s House of Horrors (1965), Asylum and Tales from the Crypt (both 1972) produced by Amicus Productions. As in these films, the three tales that make up the film are linked by a connecting story involving Professor Phillip Goodman (played by Andy Nyman), a sceptic who makes a career of unmasking fraudulent psychics. Don’t be fooled by the presence in the cast of comedy performers Martin Freeman and Paul Whitehouse. Any laughs will probably freeze in your throat – this is a seriously scary film! Read More………
The Nile Hilton Incident is our feature on Tuesday at 19:30. Set against the backdrop of the Egyptian revolution, what initially appears to be the murder of a prostitute turns into a complex case for detective Noredin Moskfa, played by Fares Fares. The problem for Moskfa is that very important people would rather the crime was left unsolved… This fast-paced thriller is an excellent ‘cop’ movie with an unusual setting and a certain sense of ‘Scandi noir’… Fare’s compelling performance as the disillusioned detective is a pleasure to watch and the film fully justifies its Grand Jury Prize win at the Sundance Festival.
There’s another showing of Lady Bird on Wednesday at 19:30. Greta Gerwig’s highly praised directorial debut stars Saoirse Ronan as Christine McPherson or “Lady Bird” – an outspoken 17-year-old and her loving but turbulent relationship with her mother. Seats are available for this screening and supporters aged 25 and under may like to take advantage of our £5.00 Rush ticket offer – just come to the box office desk up to an hour before the start of the programme (cash only).